Stephen Ukandu, Umuahia
In a renewed bid to revive the tourism industry and make it a revenue yielding sector sector, the Abia State Government, has moved to collaborate with the Federal Government to revamp the popular Ojukwu Bunker and other monuments across the state.
The move is contained in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant (SSA), on Tourism and Entertainment to the Governor, Dr Martins Justice, made available to Ikengaonline.
The SSA popularly known as J. Martins who issued the statement after a visit to the Director-General, National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), Professor Abba Tijani, in Abuja, said that the current administration in the state would not oversee the death of important monuments in the state.
He decried the deplorable state of historic monuments especially the National War Museum Umuahia, and Ojukwu bunker.
According to him, such historic sites should not be allowed to get dilapidated as they will help create job opportunities and attract tourists to the state if refurbished.
The music legend said that Gov. Otti was passionate about revamping not only Ojukwu bunker but other tourism sites in the state.
According to him, the Otti -led Government is poised to overhaul Culture and Tourism sector in the state.
He said Gov. Otti’s administration had decided to make the tourism and hospitality industry a major revenue base of the state.
“I can assure you that in the next two to three years, you will be surprised at the level of development you will see in the state.
“And for us as a Government, we have taken up this decision and see how we can go into partnership with the Commission to revive the dilapidated historical monuments and museums in our state,” the statement read.